The Amherst College women’s squash team extended its spotless record this week with wins against Conn. Read More After four days of rest, the Amherst men’s basketball team was back in action this past Saturday, Dec.

Lying 22 miles (35 km) north of the city of Springfield, Amherst is considered the northernmost town in the Hartford-Springfield Knowledge Corridor Metropolitan Region.

The earliest known document of the lands now comprising Amherst is the deed of purchase dated December 1658 between John Pynchon of Springfield and three native inhabitants, referred to as Umpanchla, Quonquont, and Chickwalopp.

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The name of the town is pronounced without the h ("AM-erst"), Amherst has three census-designated places; Amherst Center, North Amherst, and South Amherst.

Amherst is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

making it the largest municipality in Hampshire County (although the county seat is Northampton).

The town is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, three of the Five Colleges.

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